(PRWEB UK) 2 April 2014
At the start of English Tourism Week, VisitEngland announced that the winner of its Tourism Superstar 2014 competition is Buzby Allen, from Potters Resort in Hopton-on-Sea, Norfolk.
After a huge social media campaign on Facebook Buzby came top in a public vote run by the national tourist board, designed to recognise the dedication and passion of those working in the tourism industry, and go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure visitors to England have a priceless experience.
All ten shortlisted candidates were featured in a short film on a travel media website, with the public voting online for the one they thought deserved to be crowned Tourism Superstar 2014.
Over 15,500 votes were generated in total this year - a record since the competition started, with Buzby achieving an impressive 27% of the total votes, after Buzby took to the streets of Norfolk, dressed in his bright yellow suit, visiting destinations and tourist attractions meeting the public and businesses across the county, in an intense campaign for votes.
The campaign certainly paid off with huge support including over 5,000 likes to http://www.facebook.com/voteforbuz, which shows the campaign.
Buzby, who was nominated for Tourism Superstar 2014 by VisitNorwich, works as an on-resort entertainer and member of the resident comedy team at Potters Resort, and has been with the family owned five-star resort in Hopton-on-Sea for over 20 years.
He is ever present on resort whether that’s coaching football, umpiring a curling match or simply making guests smile.
Commenting on his success, Buzby said: “Outrageously, fantastically, brilliant – but it was really the guests of Potters Resort and the people of Norfolk that won this amazing award for me. I’m so proud to be part of Norfolk having met so many amazing people on my journey to winning this award.”
Brian Potter MBE, Chairman of Potters Resort said: “The resort just wouldn’t be the same without Buz and on behalf of the Potter family, the team and our guests – congratulations and keep up the good work!”
Chairman of English Tourism Week David Curtis-Brignell said: “Huge congratulations to Buzby, a very worthy winner who we know will wear the Tourism Superstar 2014 badge with pride. Tourism Superstar seeks to recognise the dedication and passion of those working in the tourism industry, and is awarded to an individual who goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure visitors to England have a priceless experience. As VisitEngland’s Tourism Superstar 2014, Buzby is a shining example to others striving to achieve excellence in customer service, and a credit to Potters Resort and to Norfolk.”
Minister for Tourism Helen Grant said: “Buzby’s commitment, enthusiasm and willingness to go beyond the call of duty has seen him crowned VisitEngland’s tourism Superstar for 2014. English Tourism Week is showcasing all the very best visitor experiences on offer in England and is a chance to celebrate the hugely talented people working in the tourism industry. Many congratulations to Buzby and to all those who made the final shortlist.”
The Tourism Superstar accolade was launched in 2012 as part of the first-ever English Tourism Week. Buzby is invited to attend VisitEngland’s Awards for Excellence on 12 May at Cheltenham Racecourse where the award will be presented to him in person, and where a gathered audience from across the whole tourism industry can recognise the contribution frontline staff makes to tourism across England.
English Tourism Week 2014 is designed to promote the value of the tourism industry at a national and local level. This week (29th March – 6th April) will see hundreds of attractions, hotels and other tourism businesses across England putting on special events, promotions and competitions to encourage more visitors through their doors, and inspire people to become tourism ambassadors for their local area.
Notes For Editors
Buzby is a personable, funny and very interesting character who would make an excellent interviewee with a passion for UK holidays and travel and tourism in general.
The attached image show Buzby on his campaign for votes. Further images can be downloaded for use in media https://app.box.com/s/7fghlektlm72xb2v4cn0.
Contact: To arrange an interview with Buzby Allen please contact Nick Lane Marketing:
nick(at)nick-lane(dot)co(dot)uk 07919 895699 or call Buzby directly on 07786127380.
About Potters Resort: Potters Resort is a privately owned and operated family business. The first 5 Star holiday village in the UK. Offering activity and entertainment filled inclusive breaks throughout the year, priding themselves on Quality Time Together. Located at Hopton on Sea on the Norfolk/Suffolk coast. Employing 535 staff. Potters Resort is host to World Indoor Bowls Championships.